Jono Kitto insists Leicester Tigers’ 32-10 victory over Saracens at Allianz Park proves they can beat any team on their day ahead of their Anglo-Welsh Cup final clash with Exeter Chiefs on Sunday.
Geordan Murphy’s Tigers side dominated Saracens for a first-ever win at Allianz Park but they have suffered home and away defeats to Exeter Chiefs in Aviva Premiership Rugby, while Chiefs put in a dominant performance in their own semi-final to down Harlequins 24-7.
Tigers are the only side to have won the Anglo-Welsh Cup on more than one occasion, but they are up against former champions in Exeter, whose excellent domestic form has also taken them to second-place in Aviva Premiership Rugby.
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Despite this, scrum-half Kitto is bristling with confidence ahead of the Chiefs showdown.
“I think what excited us about last weekend is that when we got it right, we got it really right. We want to try and replicate that in the final and will give it our best in the week to ensure we can do that,” the 24-year-old said.
“Saracens was great because it gave us confidence that we are side who, when they get things right, be devastating, score tries and accumulate points. Our defence was also pretty sharp on the weekend.
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“As a team, regardless of what competition we are in, we want to go out, perform and win. We don’t need any motivation other than that.
“We are a competitive team that wants to win every time we are out on the field.
“It is no different this weekend. We don’t need any other extra motivation. It would be a sweetener to get a bit of silverware.
“It is important for the club to win as much as we possibly can, not just the individual games. Every competition we are part of.
“Again though, it is confidence in our ability to play against any team. We are not too caught up in the fact Exeter have beaten us home and away in the Premiership.”
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Despite the emphatic nature of their performance against Saracens, with Ellis Genge, Freddie Burns, George Worth and Luke Hamilton all crossing, Kitto claimed it was essential they put that to the back of their mind before their Twickenham Stoop clash.
“We were really happy with the performance, but it is not enough to sit and be happy with that, we have set ourselves up for this weekend and really want to go out and take out chances. It is only halfway done yet,” he added.
“Looking at what we can do and making sure we are clear on our roles and gameplan, we are running out and performing to the best of our abilities as a team.
“It is important regardless of what the rest of the season looks like, it is important for players who haven’t played regularly to get a run and everyone else that has played Premiership or European games wants to do themselves justice.”